Innovation in Health Systems (MS)

The Master of Science: Innovation in Health Systems nursing degree emphasizes a scientific foundation for professional practice contributing to high reliability organizations, and leading organizations and systems to improve patient, workforce and organizational outcomes. Ethical, analytical and systems thinking is emphasized to facilitate patient-centered, team-based innovative and collaborative initiatives based on evidence-based decision-making to meet the demands in diverse, evolving and complex health care systems.

"This is an incredibly flexible degree in that nurses can choose the area in which they'd like to focus. They can use the skills they learn in the MS in Innovation in Health Systems to better handle the tasks and responsibilities they have in their current role, or they can attain the knowledge-base they need to advance in their career."

The Master of Science Innovation in Health Systems curriculum is structured to assist students in meeting the Essentials of Master's Education (AACN, 2011) 

Program Highlights

  • 36 credits
  • 5 semesters; including 1 summer semester
  • Interdisciplinary hybrid educational model
  • Learning deep dives
  • 300 practica hours at your workplace

The on-site deep-dive learning immersions will allow students to learn directly from experts in the field like CFOs, administrators, Medicare officers, and more, helping them to learn about and appreciate the different aspects of the interdisciplinary healthcare industry.

Who Should Apply?

Nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who are aspiring to advance their professional career and provide leadership to improve patient, provider, organizational outcomes and a high reliability organization in a health system would benefit from this program. The graduates of this program will practice ethically, consider the business of healthcare in the context of social justice and health policy, to impact patient, provider and systems outcomes.

Admission Information

  • All Application materials due by July 31, 2018.
  • Admission requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.
  • No library, technology, application or distance learning fees.
  • Inquire about our corporate tuition discount.

Contact Us

Interested in the Master of Science Innovation in Health Systems program? Questions? Looking for more information?

  • Email the School of Nursing at
  • Call the School of Nursing at 503.943.7211
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The bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs at the University of Portland School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


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